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My Listy List: 5 Ways to Enhance Night Time and Morning Wake Up


I hate waking up, I hate mornings, and I hate leaving the comfort and warmth of my bed.  Simply put, I love sleeping.

Yes, yes, I know that you can “sleep when you’re dead”, but for me, sleeping is also about relaxing from a stressful day and dreaming up new story ideas.  I absolutely love it!  Which makes it that much harder to wake up in the morning, especially mornings that are becoming colder and more dreary.

However, while I do love sleeping, I also have trouble falling asleep.  It takes me at least 30 minutes to finally fall asleep, sometimes even a few hours to doze off into dreaming land.  I toss, I turn, and I get extremely frustrated, the boyfriend yelling at me to “lay still!”.  And yet, as hard as I try, I just can’t seem to easily doze off.

So, I changed up my routine a bit and I have tried a few things, and they have seemed to work!  So, here is a list of my 5 things that could help you fall asleep faster and wake up better.

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  •  Turn that Technology Off.  I actually got this idea from The Happiness Project.  When you are surfing the net, watching your favorite TV show, or playing Angry Birds on your phone, your brain is continuously in hyper mode.  It doesn’t want to, and quite frankly cannot, shut off.  One thing that has worked for me is turning off ALL technology one hour before bed.  No television, no computer, no phone, no iPod, iPad, or whatever else Apple has created.  Instead, I talk face-to-face with someone I love, I read a book (for pleasure) or I just lay in bed and think.  One hour is enough time to give your brain a rest and allow your body to slowly feel the exhaustion that it needs to go into a deep sleep.

  •   Wake Up the Natural Way.  This is something that I have found works quite well for me.  Here in Spain, we have these robber/storm/light proof blinds.  They are heavy, they are quite unsafe if there was to be a fire, and they let NO light in what so ever.  So, when morning comes and your alarm goes off, the entire room is so dark that you think it is still night time until you open those bad boys up.  What I have found that works, is simply to wake up to light.  Leave your blinds open and let the sun come in.  Maybe keep the window cracked open throughout the night and let the chirps of the birds be your alarm clock.  It really does help – at least for me it does – to wake up when the room is not completely dark and stuffy.

 

  •   Plan Out Tomorrow.  Many of us cannot fall asleep because we are thinking about what needs to be done the next day, worried that so-and-so will not make it to so-and-so practice tomorrow, and frustrated that we did not get this-or-that done.  Our brain is in constant thinking mode and we just Can’t. Fall. Asleep.  It’s quite annoying isn’t it?  Well, instead of going over tomorrow’s to-do-list in your head while you’re trying to fall asleep, write it down before you fall asleep – maybe even during the hour that you are without your technology.  Write down places you need to go, things you need do, people you need to see, and items you need to buy.  Not only will it leave you less stressed throughout the night, but it will also help the next day when you wake up and see everything that needs to be done.

 

  • Wake Up Like You’re Ripping Off a Band-Aid.  Simply put, just do it.  Don’t hit that snooze alarm – you will end up hitting it more and more -, don’t groan and whine, and definitely don’t wake up with a frown and curse whatever day of the week it is – that will make you loathe waking up even more.  Just wake up on that first buzz, sit up and stretch a bit, and then jump out of bed, a smile on your face and a body and brain that is ready to start the day!  But trust me, it will be hard the first couple of days (very hard) but you will get used to it eventually.

  • Never Go to Bed Mad.  I will end on the old saying “Never go to bed mad”.  And it’s true.  If you go to bed angry, you will just silently stew, thinking about what he/she did, how angry you are at whatever, and you will never fall asleep.  And when you do eventually fall asleep, you will probably have nightmares involving your anger and then wake up grouchy and even more mad.  So just don’t do it.  Resolve all your problems and fights BEFORE you hit the sheets, that way you can actually get a good night’s sleep and wake up healthy and happy!  🙂

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*Note: the pictures on this post were taken from Google Images.  The list, words, and thoughts however, are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011*
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  1. This entire post is great, but the picture of the bed-headed toddler probably made my entire day. Thank you for the laugh!

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  2. OK, so last night I did go to bed mad at my husband. Instead of plotting my revenge, I dreamed that I won money from a machine I thought was a change machine but turned out to be a one-armed bandit instead. Then I ran back to tell him about it.

    Seriously, this is a great list. Congrats on being pressed.

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  3. Great Post! I can never fall asleep fast or wake up without being angry/grumpy. I will be sure to try these 5 things

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  4. Excellent advice! I am often guilty of all five faux pas, and it often shows! Congrats on being Fresh Pressed. 😀

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  5. The chirp of birds as an alarm clock! Brings me back to when I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail-a section of it-in Virginia. Ever since I woke up to natural sunlight (not necessarily pouring through our tent,) I have had an internal alarm clock that goes off roughly 5 minutes around the crack of dawn. Even if it’s for a few moments, my body has adjusted to that schedule. It’s a great feeling to wake up naturally, undisturbed-which is incredibly difficult in a freshman dormitory…grrr.
    Hope your new routine continues to help!

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  6. “Wake Up the Natural Way” is extremely difficult during the winter around 45N latitude and higher, due to there being no sunlight before 7AM. And don’t even think of opening the window when it’s below freezing. Some people recommend programmable dawn simulators for this purpose.

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    • Programmable dawn simulators? Never heard of those but sounds like a good idea, especially in the winter time!

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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      • Yep, it’s a fancy name for a small lamp that you can program to get gradually brighter an hour to half an hour before your wake-up time. The light spectrum is supposed to match that of sunlight, triggering a natural reaction to wake yourself up (so the manufacturers say).

      • I have never heard of that lamp. Have you/do you currently use it? I wonder if it would work? I’ll have to look into that!

        Thanks for the suggestion and for your comment, Steven! 🙂

      • You’re welcome. I don’t own one but am seriously considering purchasing one soon as I wake up at 6AM every morning, and doing so in darkness is getting real old, real quick. In the past, when I’ve woken up to sunlight coming through my window it’s always been an extremely positive experience. Also, having a light on already when I wake up is stimulating and makes me less likely to drift back off to sleep.

      • Exactly why I like the blinds open. I’m actually thinking about purchasing one of those lamps too for the upcoming winter months! 🙂

      • I have a lamp on a timer I use in the winter. I never thought of hitting the snooze being like ripping off a band-aid slowly. Congrats on Freshly Pressed! a great choice! I never go to bed mad, it is of no use. Earl Grey tea is good to help make you drowsy and an apache tear gemstone under your pillow will help you sleep soundly. Wiggling your toes activates the alert center in our brains, so do that as soon as you wake. And a glass of room temp water gets the metabolism going. Have a good day!

      • Some more wonderful tips and advice!

        Thanks so much for sharing and for your comment! 🙂

      • That’s a really good idea!

  7. youhadmeathelloxp

    Waking up is the hardest thing for me to do. i HATE it! and like you, i have the hardest time falling asleep. It gets so frustrating! hopefully these things can help me. Thanks!

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  8. yeah … Waking up the normal way is much much better because I waste an entire hour pressing the snooze button. As a result , it becomes a disturbed sleep. Nice list 🙂

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  9. Great post – I’m good on most counts, but the one thing I know I should do more often is the no technology at least an hour before sleeping! And it’s silly that I don’t put that into practice more often, because when I do, it really makes a difference. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  10. My Life is Fun Size

    I’ve been looking for a list like this for some time! I have to wake up fairly early (5 a.m. to be exact) to drive myself to school in the morning, at which time the moon is still out. So aside from tip number 2, I will most certainly be employing these techniques from now on to get some extra “z”s. 🙂

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  11. No problems falling asleep here…usually. But your suggestions are right on. And congrats on the Freshed Press. You list Nellie Bly as a hero/favorite…too funny. Was just out walking and thinking about why I love to interview people…and she came to mind. Wonder if kids still enjoy reading about her? Might get that book for a niece or two. Keep up the good work!

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  12. Let’s see … I like going to sleep listening to the radio & and I’m ready to communicate with others as soon as I get up …. and I’m positive to boot. Good post.

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  13. That last photo made me smile. Thanks for sharing, and hope you have a happy and chippery Thanksgiving 🙂

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    • Happy Almost Thanksgiving to you too! Unfortunately, they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Spain, so I will be missing out on one of my favorite holidays for the 3rd year in a row. 😦 But eat enough for me!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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      • Do your own thanksgiving on Saturday. That’s what I did. I went to 5 stalls in one of those inside but open markets before I found a damn turkey. But it was totally worth it for the turkey, the homemade stuffing, casserole and potatoes…and the wine…lots and lots of wine. My friends either brought alcohol, food or desserts. You couldn’t go wrong.

      • Oh, I should do that! Sounds amazing! I have missed Thanksgiving for the past 3 years since they don’t celebrate it here, and it’s one of my favorite holidays!

  14. I love those Spanish blinds. I lived in Madrid for two years and when you arrive home from a night out at 7 in the morning, I know you’re thinking they are the best thing man has ever created.

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    • HAHA! That is true! They do help and come in handy for those late nights (early mornings) out! Knowing the Spainards, that’s probably why they invented them! So, what are you doing in Spain? Where are you originally from?

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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      • I was there from August 2008 – August 2010 working as an English teacher. It was a really great time and lots of fun. I hope you’re taking advantage and meeting lots of Spaniards. I always enjoyed going to the events David Poza organizes on Thursdays or Fridays. He’s very nice, if you don’t know him. You can join his face book group and go to one of the events. There’s all sorts of things for meeting English/Spanish in Madrid. I know he still does them because I still get the emails for them on fb. Somewhere between the late night drinking and all that sun, I know someone got creative with those blinds.

        Originally I’m from Brooklyn, NY, which is where I am now, working on my Master’s Degree.

      • I have never heard of David Poza but I will definitely check him out! Where in Spain were you living? I currently live in Madrid and will be going to school at St. Louis University – Madrid Campus. I love it here. It has such a great night life and beautiful scenery and things to do during the day. It’s amazing! 🙂

      • Madrid. I moved around a bit depending. My first apartment was near Santiago Bernabaeu stadium but it was too expensive. I moved down then to a nice flat near Puerta de Toledo which was much better being right near La Latina. During summer I didn’t want to keep the room and spent a month working in a summer camp about an hour from Ciudad Real. When I got back to Madrid after traveling and visiting home, I found a place right next to Sol that was fantastic but due to unforeseen circumstances I had to leave after 2 1/2 months. The last flat was near metro Canal, close to arguelles.

        The night life is wonderful. Take full advantage. I found myself a really nice group of spaniards that I spent loads of time with going to metal bars and concerts and the like. It was great. Then through those events like with David Poza (Antonie Che also organizes events at Cafe Madrid near the Opera metro station on Thursdays) I met lots of other teachers or traveling Americans/Europeans/Aussies and other Spanish people looking to meet foreigners or improve their English. It can be a bit of a meat market at that one, but it’s still fun.

  15. I have definitely found a difference with the natural light and sound for waking up. Pitch black rooms are very confusing! Switching to a light-colored curtain has been a tremendous help for me.

    But I still have to work on the snoozing one… it just feels so good to lightly doze for a little bit!

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  16. I love this! I will have to try everything on the list and hopefully I will become the perky “morning person” I strive to be. Thanks : )

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  17. Well, this is really nice and I would definitely love to fall asleep faster and wake up in a better mood, but these tips don’t work for me, unfortunately.
    I live 200km away from my boyfriend and we usually talk on the phone while we’re in bed to wish each other good night, so no one-hour-without-technology for me. Ahah!
    Most of the days I can’t wake up to natural light because at the time I need to wake up there is no natural light! And besides, I can only sleep when the room is completely dark, so if I leave the blinds open, it will take me even more time to fall asleep.
    About the third tip… Well, usually my alarm clock goes off at least half an hour before the time I really need to get up so I can get that feeling of sleeping a little bit longer. My weird brain takes for ever to wake up and if I don’t do this, I will be sleepy all day…

    Anyway, these are great tips for those who can follow them and I’m sure they work. Thanks for this!

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    • I actually ditch the first one (technology one) when my boyfriend is away from me too. Skype becomes our only connection and best friend, and without saying goodnight to him, I definitely can’t fall asleep! So I understand where you’re coming from!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  18. Great suggestions. I am guilty of playing with technology in the late hours of the night (sometimes even taking it into my bed, yikes!) Time to break the habit.

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    • As a fellow tech junkie, it does get hard to turn it all off before bed time! Sometimes I’m at a loss of what to do without my computer! It’s quite sad how much technology controls our lives!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  19. great advice! i will definitely use this! 🙂

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  20. Great Post!! You should also try, Bedtime Yoga, it can relax your body and slow down your breathing which can help you sleep also. I haven’t tried yoga before bed but I have done yoga in general and those nights I sleep the best! Check out the link from Women’s Health Magazine, I found it while searching for relaxing and sleeping through out the night remedies! http://www.womenshealthmag.com/yoga/bedtime-yoga

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  21. I like the idea of waking up the natural way, but what do you do when you have to be up before the sun rises?? lol!

    Great list and HILARIOUS photo for point #4!! I laughed so hard at that! 😀

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  22. the “don’t use the snooze” button recommendation is one I think I need to try… and i predict it being very, very painful. But it would be nice to have a bit more time and a bit less rush in the morning!

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  23. Thank you for this post. I am just like you – love sleep, hate mornings, total night owl. I have also heard that natural light is a good way to wake up and let your body know it’s time. That no tech before bed rule is a tough one. But it totally makes sense. Cheers!

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  24. That toddler pic is hilariously wonderful!

    Love your list – here are two ideas of my own:

    1. Before bed, set out your clothes or put out a bathrobe and slippers and have your shower all ready for you to jump in (towels hanging within reach, full shampoo/soap/fresh razor, etc.). It’s so much easier to get up when you don’t have to contemplate assembling all the crap you’ll need to be ready for the day.

    2. Use your programmable thermostat as a supportive alarm clock. It’s hard to get out of bed when you’re warm and snuggly and the air in your room is chilly. I set my thermostat to 2-3 degrees higher, starting 30 minutes before I need to get out of bed. It really helps!

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    • I LOVE these ideas, Christine! I am definitely going to start setting out my clothes, and the thermostat idea sounds very interesting and will probably help in the coming winter months!

      Thanks so much for adding to the list and for your comment! 🙂

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  25. I have such a hard time falling asleep and waking up… this was definitely something I needed to see. Now, just a matter of following through! Thanks for posting this and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  26. “Wake Up the Natural Way”
    …would be a dream

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  27. Super awesome list. I like it a lot, I shall attempt all of them. The one I really do follow is waking up at the first ring of my alarm, and falling onto the floor. It really sucks now do, since its getting colder and colder every morning.. brr..

    Congrats!

    Edwin

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  28. I have to disagree with never going to bed angry. I find that like a big purchase, sleeping on it helps immensely. Usually arguments start because of stress or fatigue and if it’s really that important you can pick it up later when you’ve cooled off and thought about it more. Just a thought from a happily married man. I love the toddler pic btw!

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    • I agree that thinking about your problems and why you’re mad before confronting them helps a lot so you don’t verbally “attack” the other person with quick anger. However, for me, I toss and turn if I go to bed angry with the Boyfriend. I need full closure and to talk about it before my body, and most importantly my brain, lets me sleep!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  29. Awesome post! I really, really love sleeping, too, and having to get up early for work is pretty tough for me – especially when it’s still dark outside. Lately it’s taking me about 30 minutes to finally get up and then I have to hurry in order to get the bus. And I hate it! Tomorrow I’m going to get up at the first buzz of my alarm clock and I’m sure I’ll enjoy not being in a hurry. So thanks for the advice 🙂

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  30. I love this. I used to love mornings, now we don’t get along, although after reading this it maybe because I have descovered the snooze button. I unearthed the waking ‘up the natural way’ at uni, probably one of the most important things I learnt there. I’ll have to try your other suggestions and see if I can rekindle my love affair with mornings.

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  31. Great, meaningful list. I even worked in healthcare marketing on sleep apnea programs for many years, and this list is as good as any I’ve seen–and, to confirm, consistent with what professional physicians say! What they also recommend is a pattern–a consistent sleep and wake times, as well as eating times (so you aren’t knocking back caffeine or heavy foods a half hour before bed). Nice list. I shall share 🙂

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    • Thank you Todd! Wow, I’m glad to hear that this list is actually accurate! Haha. And yes, that’s one problem I personally have is eating too close to bedtime. I need to stop that!

      Thanks so much for your comment! I really appreciate it! 🙂

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  32. I was literally just talking about tiredness with my Mum, then saw this post! Will definitely try to put these tips into practice, the waking up to natural light may be difficult at this time of year though… thanks for the tips and the hilarious picture of the toddler! I think that must have been what I looked like as a child as I am definitely NOT a morning person!

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  33. Defintitely like this post. I can’t stand mornings, but you’re right i just have to JUMP out of bed and don’t look back. I’ll try…ummmmm maybe next week 😉

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  34. love your post especially the last advice! ah, and I hate mornings too! Good to know there are plenty around 😉

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  35. I’ll definitely try these tips!

    Btw: who is that adorable little boy??

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  36. The toddler pic is beyond hilarious – showed it to hubby and he laughed until he choked! Your tips are pretty good and most of them I try to follow but I can’t do the blinds thing – too much light flowing in through the windows (we live in a city) and I can’t fall asleep with light. I have found something that helps me get up on time – place the alarm clock across the room. When it goes off, you have to get up to shut it off and by the time you get there, well, you might as well head to the shower which gently eases the groggy feeling away (especially on a cold winter morning) and then enjoy a hot cup of coffee! It’s especially helpful when I’ve had a late night writing (I’m a night owl and do my best thinking when the house is quiet) and have to get up early.

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  37. Hi. Enjoyed your article. I totally agree that allowing some natural light into the room is vital. I used to live in an appartment that was a converted office space and my bedroom was what must have been the supply cupboard and it had no windows so I slept in pitch black and that was during my student days. I never got to class on time and had the worst trouble waking up.
    Another tip for anyone who like me was a chronic over-sleeper. A few years back I went to a NLP trainer for Nuero LInguistic Programming. I had the guy reprogram me to find it easier to wake up in the morning and it really worked. I don’t enjoy sleeping in anymore, even if I get the chance once a year on mothers day I would rather sit in bed and read a book than go back to sleep. I don’t miss it at all because over-sleeping used to make me feel yucky anyway. So if anyone has the same problem I highly recommend it.

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    • Wow, that’s amazing and sounds like something I would LOVE to do! I also dislike oversleeping because then I’m even more tired! That is great advice and I’ll have to look into that!

      Thanks so much for your comment, Paula! 🙂

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  38. Great post! I know to do these things, but rarely put it into practice. My biggest problem is switching off my brain. I am always thinking about what to do tomorrow. I will have to make a list like you suggest and see what happens!

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who tosses and turns. I used to be called ‘bed fidget’! haha.

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    • Haha! I like that term: “bed fidget” but I won’t suggest it to my boyfriend because then that will be my new nickname! And yes, switching off the brain is a pain and takes practice. I hope these tips help you!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  39. there is more details about sleeping. thank you for sharing.
    best wishes

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  40. Thanks for the tips! My best days are when I wake up early, groan as usual…and then suddenly realize it’s not a work day its a Saturday….then back to sleep.

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  41. Love the pic of the little boy…lol. Great post with great ideas.

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  42. these are SO applicable. last year, i was having a lot of trouble sleeping. i ended up keeping my blinds open so the sun helped wake me up, setting out my outfits and getting my things ready the night before, and not touching my cell phone or computer about an hour before bed. the technology one is still hard for me to stick to, but the others all helped immensly! other things that help…warm milk, stretching, and sex. thanks for sharing!
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  43. I am the same way. It can take me hours to fall alseep. I have to take meds and remember to always, always turn the tv off even though I love listening to it, it really doesn keep me up. Good tips!

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    • I used to take sleeping pills too but then got reliant on them and stopped taking them. The tips I wrote about seem to help better. And yes, my step-dad is the same way as you, the TV does not keep him up, in fact, he needs it to fall asleep!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  44. Just getting ready for bed and really enjoyed reading your post….I am menopausal and going through other challenges as well, so I put two or three sets of pj’s next to my bed, so I can just throw off the sweat soaked one and don a fresh one…Can you imagine how cranky I get when a pj falls on the floor and I have to get up to find it? Believe me, there have been times when I am so sleepy, I simply claw off the wet, and snooze the rest of the precious moments in my birthday suit….Thanks for you post…

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  45. As a person who can’t fall asleep at night, I cannot thank you enough for making this post! I will definitely try all these tips! 😀

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  46. LOL
    I really loved this post
    My mother in law has a hard time falling asleep, and she usually goes to sleep with technology still turned on 😉
    will let her in on your suggestion and let you know the turn out.
    For me though, I zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz as soon as my head hits the pillow, thank goodness for that
    Cheers,
    -Ron

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    • Yes, tell me how it works for her! And lucky you! My brother is the same way. He falls asleep the SECOND he gets in the bed! I’m quite jealous of people who can do that! 😉

      Thank you so much for your comment, Ron. And please be sure to report back on how the tips work for your mother-in-law! 🙂

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  47. This was a great article – I will definitely be trying some of these suggestions, especially the one about ripping the band-aid off. I have also tried listening to ocean sounds to help me fall asleep – I found that it helps me to “turn-off” my mind and just focus on the lull of the waves. It has been great!

    Thanks again – I will definitely be sharing your thoughts with some insomniac friends!!

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  48. I’ve heard a lot about “disconnecting” from electronics and it totally makes sense. I’m going to have to just break down and do it…tonight! The to do list part, I already do, and can say that it 100% helps me. I’m a worry-wart by nature and a person who ALWAYS has a to do list. The key for me with this was not to stew over the list but to simply take a look, organize, and then say to myself, “it’s doable and there’s nothing you can do right this second but sleep”. The key is letting the list stay on that paper and not think about it again…knowing that it’ll be there tomorrow to tackle.

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    • Yes, definitely try the no technology thing, it really works. And glad to see that your to-do list helps you! And that’s great that you organize everything and just put it aside until the next day. That definitely takes practice!

      Thanks so much for your comment, CiCi! 🙂

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  49. This seems like good advice. I’ve noticed the thing about using the computer right before going to bed, too. There’s more to sleeping than just laying your head on a pillow.

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  50. I like this post! This is amazing.
    Though, I usually am not having hard time to fall asleep, there are times that I am too worried about things to do the next day. So, I am writing them down and I can fall asleep with ease. LOL. I attest number 3! 😀

    Congrats!

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  51. hey nice blog …
    I can connect myself really well with this ..sp the first point of blog. So true..
    thanks:)
    Now i am going to sleep !! 🙂

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  52. I’m impressed with your comment.
    Every day I have a problem with getting out of bed.
    Your list is very helpful.
    I greet you warmly and look forward to the new cool tips:-)

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  53. Kudos to your blog because I’ve done all those things before and still do! It works for me! 😉 The little kid though really made my day! 🙂

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  54. Can we re-post this blog on our blog website please? We will give you credit!

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  55. Thank you so much for this! I’ve been having a lot of sleeping problems, so I’m going to try some of these and see how it works out! Thanks again!

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  56. I have one more suggestion to add to your list. If you fall asleep listening to a hypnosis download (some are made for sleep but really any one will suffice), you will put your brain into a normal, early stage of sleep. This will help you to rest deeper and wake up feeling more refreshed. That will help you get out of a bed a little easier too (that bandage will be a bit less painful to remove.) 🙂 Great post! Congrats on making Freshly Pressed.

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  57. Nice blog! Great to read! I would be extremely greatful if you and anyone else can view and comment on my blog, any comments I recieve I will sure to reply to, plus look at your blog of course. Many thanks and keep up the good work!

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  58. “Wake up like you’re ripping off a bandaid.”
    Best analogy possible. I think, deep down, we all know it’s best for us. Sometimes we’re just in that weird state of sleep-deprived mind that prohibits us from realizing that waking up is inevitable, and it’s best done now.
    Thanks for this awesome, well-needed reminder on the intricacies of sleep!

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  59. What a great post – congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  60. I really need to take some of this advice…

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  61. I agree, I have an intense aversion to getting out of bed too! What I found is helpful is even though I love to sleep in the cold, i keep it a bit warmer than i would prefer in my room so that in the morning I have no excuse to huddle under my blanket and fear putting my toes on the cold floor! One of those alarm clocks that run away aren’t a bad idea either….

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    • Someone else said that they also put up their thermostat for night time so the “out of bed air” is the same as underneath your covers, and it makes it easier to wake up. I think that’s a great idea!

      Thanks for looking and your comment! 🙂

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  62. This picture is soooooooooooooo funny. It was funny in the smaller thumbnail but even funnier inside of your blog. Then I read the post and that was funnier than funnier. And I totally agree about the true love of sleep and the loathing of waking up before you’re ready, to do, of all things, report to a job AFTER a commute, no less. Oy infinity.

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  63. I’m intrigued. I too have trouble falling asleep and waking up. I think I just may try sleeping with my curtains open tonight and see if I wake up any easier in the morning. I’ll still set my alarm for good measure though 😉 I love the picture of that kid waking up all grumpy – I’m pretty sure that’s how I look waking up in the morning, hair and all! This post made me laugh! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips!

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  64. Great post! I loved the idea of jumping out of bed to greet the day. Having something you are passionate about can really make that happen. I’ve been on both sides of that fence. 🙂

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  65. When I saw this article, it grabbed my attention. The reason why it grabbed my attention is because my son, Drew wrote about this very thing….the pictures that you use are identical to the ones that he used….he wrote his back earlier in the year…Thus, when seeing this on “Freshly Pressed” I thought it was my son’s article.

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  66. LOL.. That little boy is so cute. That’s how my kids wake up too – all groggy.

    I tend to fall asleep really fast. But lately I haven’t been able to stay asleep. I wake up to check on the kids and I can’t go back to sleep. And my bed hurts my back.

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    • Maybe you should invest in a new bed. A mattress truly does make all the difference in whether you have a good or bad night. Check into it and try these tips; maybe they’ll help.

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  67. Finally, somebody was able to write what’s bugging me. It runs in the fmaily; we can hardly sleep with no fuss. To make it worse, I could be snatched away from dreamland even with the tinniest sound. Most often than not, my unnatural cyrcadian cycle affects my mood the whole day.
    Thank you for the ways you have suggested. I could do no less but agree. I have tried all those before I have read this one. It’s 101 % effective. Just an additional though, a cup of prayer won’t hurt.

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  68. The pictures are great addition to your list! My favorite is the band-aid simile. I recently changed my alarm to an hour earlier in hopes of eventually wanting to get up, but I know you’re right, just getting up does it. And having those sunshine rays enter your room (or my college dorm) also help. So glad you were freshly pressed! 😀

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  69. very funny! i will definitely try this as i struggle to get up! 🙂
    x

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  70. what an awesome coincidence, it’s perfect advice at a time when I really need it 🙂 Thanks!

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  71. The technology thing certainly makes a difference to me! I read somewhere the light from a computer screen mimics the early morning light – well, no wonder my brain keeps racing if I go to bed after that.

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  72. OMG- that picture of the little boy is PRICELESS! Sums up my feelings about mornings with just one photo. 😀

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  73. well… the #1 way would be to smoke weed!! seriously.

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  74. I’ve always had this problem so i just went on my computer. now i won’t

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  75. I gotta try these tips for a better night sleep.

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  76. The only thing that worked for me, enabling me to get a good night’s sleep, was to GET A JOB I DIDN’T HATE. Seriously. Bye-bye years-long insomnia. It’s much easier to get to sleep when you don’t lie there thinking that if you go out, the next time you open your eyes, you have to get dressed for your daily trip to the Nightmare Pit of Despair.

    This advice is not much help in a crappy economy, but there you have it …

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  77. Just awesome, a great lesson for a better life!

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  78. Okay, the little rug rat with the serious case of bedhead was too too adorable. Oh, and loved the tips you gave too.

    Dita

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  79. Lovely tips.. I really hate alarm clocks and I realized I am in better mood without them so Hubby and I just let the sunshine wake us up in the morning =) It works well. =)

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  80. YES YES YES! not I jsut have to try and stay asleep:)

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  81. Awesome post. A few years back I had a period in which I couldn’t fall asleep. I was horrible to be a full time college student and not be able to knock out so I had to use a little bit of pillow mist. It put on its gloves and would knock me out but it made it harder for me to wake up. Wish I would have thought about taking a more productive way to sleep back then but I guess now I can pass on the tip to the noobs. Thanks

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    • Pillow mist? That actually sounds relaxing! Haha. But yes, I used to take sleeping pills and while I slept like a baby throughout the night, it was just so hard to actually wake up! Yes, please pass these tips on!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  82. The book one is definitely true. I used to say that I didn’t have time to read anymore, but then I realized that I just had to make time, so I started reading about an hour before I wanted to go to bed. On the nights that I am really tired, it does make it easier to fall asleep, sometimes I fall asleep with the book still open. If I was at my computer I would be fighting this feeling and then ultimately get a little mad with myself later about not going to sleep earlier.

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  83. thanks, this is great. going to try everything- i was late one too many times today! ugh…

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  84. I’ve got a Phillips wake up light alarm clock thing that used to wake me up by shining a nice warm (natural-ish) glow on my face…which worked wonders until i started waking up facing away from it 😦

    Nice post! 🙂

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  85. I liked your article very much,especially the pics. Although I don’t think I have any problem going to sleep, this article made me realize that I usually go to bed with the TV on and the volume turned down low and the TV timer set to go off in 45 minutes. If I don’t do this “routine”, I can’t fall asleep. Hmm..maybe I will try disconnecting from technology 1 hour before bed. It will be painful though…..

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  86. Awesome post! I loathe mornings, hate waking up, and it’s always difficult to turn my brain off, too. Thanks for your advice. I’ve been trying the no-electronics thing lately and it does help. Your best piece of advice, in my opinion: “Wake Up Like You’re Ripping Off a Band-Aid. Simply put, just do it… don’t groan and whine, and definitely don’t wake up with a frown and curse whatever day of the week it is – that will make you loathe waking up even more.” It’s gonna hurt no matter how long you put it off, so you might as well get it over with. I’ll have to try this. 🙂

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  87. Julio Eiffelt R R

    Hoho. I get new trick. I do Agree in point 1. Turning off all kind of technology that makes our brain works constantly.
    Great Post and Happy ” Freshly Pressed” Day 🙂

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  88. Love the last bit about staying awake to plot revenge!! Didn’t see that one coming!

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  89. I love this post. Its light, quirky, fun and very insightful. Waking up to me is like waking in heaven. I love how you can stretch out, see the world in a new light and hear the birds tweeting (though it can be annoying at 5am when we have this neighborhood bird that whistles the same tweet for about 3hrs straight when in season grrh but you gotta love em’, right?). I believe the best advice you gave was not to go bed angry and plot evil revenge!

    Absolutely love it! Great Post! Congrats on Freshly Pressed – you deserve it!
    All the Best
    xox Ezzy

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    • Thank you so much Ezzy! I really appreciate your nice comment!

      And Haha! Yes, you just have to love the birds! And there are a few of them around me too that I wish I could hit the snooze button on! Haha.

      Once again, thank you so much for your comment! It brightened my day! 🙂

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  90. I love…no i ADORE sleeping, which is something my family doesn’t get! I know there are people who can sleep for 5 hours and wake up fresh but not me. Nuh uh! but waking up the natural way bit works for me too!
    However, I can usually sleep without the planning but good idea!

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    • Oh, I know! Everyone asks me how I can sleep so much! I just love it! My dad is an insomniac and my mother wakes up at 5am every day and for me, they’re crazy!
      Glad to see that you also enjoy your sleep!

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  91. I like your band-aid analogy . . . nothing starts your morning like a quick pull of the covers.

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  92. I am like you. Sleep is a treasured commodity, that I cannot seem to get enough of and it has nothing to do with my health. I just love peaceful, lazy, snoozing sleep.
    With that said, on work mornings I do complete the bandaid approach to waking, which on many occassions results in the dog being stepped upon, my toes squishing in whatever he threw up during the evening, cutting the corner of the bed too closely and resulting in a banged knee. By the way, I just finished the Happiness Project. Had a hard time in the first few chapters, but then it slowly grew on me. My favourite saying to myself now is “Be Me”. So simple.

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    • Yes, it was a little hard to get into The Happiness Project. I don’t know if it was her writing style or what, but at first, it was a little slow for me also. But then, it really did grow on me too and I absolutely enjoyed it fully!

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  93. Jesus, as a Law student that has to sleep right after coming home from college every single night, your hints are knew from a loooong way. However, you presented them in a funny and unique way. Loved it!
    I’ll try to wake up in a ‘natural way’ this wednesday, like you said. Not tomorrow, because… OH, CHRIST, I HAVE TO WAKE UP AT 5:30 AM FOR MY CIVIL RIGHT TEST!
    Thanks again, a lot. I really meant it.
    Biiig hugs from Brazil!


    Douglas Marques,
    Law Student and Writer.

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  94. Wearing yourself out by going on a long run or exercising a few hours before bedtime always leaves me feeling very refreshed the next morning. It helps me get to sleep faster, and I think it keeps you in a deeper sleep, for me anyways.

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  95. I’m a grumpy waker too. Getting up in the morning is sooo irritating.

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  96. I like your writing voice. It’s easy to read and flows really well. I try to write in a similar fashion 🙂 Thank you for the advice on sleeping well. I am always writing about and giving advice about fitness and nutrition, but I have the hardest time with my own sleep! The picture of the kid with the messed up hair; that’s me in the morning. Except my crib is black, not blue 😉

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  97. I’ll try that natural wakeup on the weekend. I’m so afraid of not waking up in time, therefore not waking the 3 kids up for school in time, that I have to have the alarm just in case. I like the idea, though! And I have been sleeping ROTTENly lately, so any help I can get is better than no help.

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  98. Timely advice. I was going to bed exhausted and waking up tired with a headache. I am trying the “turn off the technology” advice. Also, I’m drinking more water during the day to combat dehydration and the headache. Seems to be having some success. Enjoy your tips and your advice.

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    • I am prone to headaches and migraines (I have gotten them ever since I was a kid) and yes, drinking lots of water throughout the day sure does help. Plus, it’s healthy for you! Good luck and I hope these help for you!

      Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

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  99. Thank you so much for your comment. I like it.

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  100. great tips! going to try a few of these myself. I always set my alarm 15 mins earlier than when i want to get up so i can hit the snooze but i think you’re totally right in that i should just get up already!!

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  101. Thank you! This is great.

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  102. It’s true !!!!

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  103. Great suggestions. The snooze button is my enemy.

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  104. I can generally go to sleep pretty well, which makes it even more frustrating when falling asleep isn’t as easy as what I’m used to. I think that going to sleep in pain is never a good thing either, try to maybe rub some topical pain relievers before you go to sleep if that is the problem, which sometimes that is mine. Writing down a list of things to do is a great idea too.

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    • Yes, going to sleep in pain would be worse than going to sleep mad! That’s a good idea to rub the pain relievers before you go to bed so, if you usually have pain at night, you aren’t woken up by it.

      Great tip and thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  105. I like these tips!! Thanks! Just wondering, how and why do you live in Spain? That sounds fascinating.

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    • Hi J,

      I moved to Spain in the first place because of my boyfriend. He’s Spanish and it was much harder for him to get a visa in the States than for me to move to Spain and teach English. That was 3 years ago, and now I will FINALLY be attending university here in Madrid!

      Thank you for your interest and comment! 🙂

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  106. All of these are so true! Also, no caffeine (duh) or exercise 2 hours before helps me.

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  107. Lol at the revenge.
    Yeah i wish i can wake up with only the light. Great post.

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  108. First off, love the picture of that kid .. classic! Never thought about it but i agree, going to bed mad is a sure way to never fall asleep. You can find some great sleep tracks or whispering tracks that will put you to sleep on youtube even though its considered having technology on.

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  109. LIFE SAVER!!!!!!! This has been my biggest problem of late – staying up till all hours thinking or tossing and turning – and then simply NOT getting out of bed in the morning. In particular I can see how UNPLUGGING THE MACHINE an hour before bed might prove transformative.

    The only thing that had really helped me at this point was doing arcane obscure exercises in my mind, such as trying to recall every single US President from Washington on, and how many terms they served, or tracking the orbit of Pluto through various zodiacal signs over the ages. A nerdy variation on counting sheep, I suppose – your ideas sound much more practical!

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    • Haha! See, if I did that, I wouldn’t be able to go to bed until I named all of the Presidents, all of the planets, and I would probably be waking up my boyfriend to help me figure them out! Yes, I’m a spaz like that!

      Well, I hope these help you! Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  110. Nice post.. will defnintely try this as I am not much of a morning person. 🙂 …

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  111. Awesome input!

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  112. Wake Up Like You’re Ripping Off a Band-Aid.

    Of all the things in this list, this is the hardest to do! But yes, once you’ve done it, it feels so good. I wish I could do it more often, though. Starting a day relaxed and prepared is so much better than starting it stressed because of lack of time.

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  113. Congrats on the FReshly PRessed nod!

    as a new convert to yoga, i was chatting after class two weeks ago about my bouts with insomnia. OH, i have a pose for that, says my teacher.

    lay against a wall…feet up the wall, butt pressed against it, almost like you’re sitting on your back (or you would be sitting if your house was suddenly tilted, lol!)

    palms on the floor, legs on the wall, breathe for a few minutes…then just let legs fall to the side (gently!) and get up and go to bed.

    i’ve done this three times now, and it WORKS! dunno why, and as i say, i am very new to this yoga thing…

    just my two cents, and hope it helps!

    blueskywoman

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  114. This is me every night and every morning. This is brilliant! I’ll try it one of these days… ha! 🙂

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  115. Thank you! This list is just what I needed, been tossing and turning for the longest time, I should really start following these advice.

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  116. I “liked” your post earlier, but finally have a chance to add my own suggestion for you to help falling asleep. Once you are in bed, have a routine for your mind – the same routine, everytime, every night.
    I started out trying to pray, but for me I found that just stressed me out as I would think about everything I needed to do. I then had a really great dream one night that I was curious on what the next part of the story would be if I had kept dreaming. I started attempting to make up the rest of my dream every night, sort of like attempting to write a story.
    I now have 2 different story lines I try to work on in my head (these are sleep stories only) – a back up in case I’m stuck on the 1st – I’m to the point that as soon as I try to imagine the story where I left off the night before, I’m asleep within minutes. It took several months for me to get to this point, but it was a fun exercise in the mean time while I was attempting to sleep.

    The way I’m going – it’s going to be years before the story is done and I’ve been doing this for about 6 years now. 🙂

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    • Wow! That’s absolutely amazing! I love this and thank you so much for sharing it! And maybe, after you finally finish the stories (years later) you can write a book on it!

      This is just great! Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

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  118. I totally agree with letting some light in to wake up to! My husband and I have similar curtains that block out the sun! He is a light sleeper and wakes up easily so he’s gotten into the habit of opening the curtains up for me. It was annoying at first but now I love waking up to some light outside! Thanks for blog!

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  120. greatthingsinlife

    Wow! Thanks 🙂 Your post have made me sleep better.

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  121. All good advice. Thanks for sharing.

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  122. Sleep Hygiene is incredibly important. I KNOW! Routine is essential as well. But I can’t thank you enough for pointing out the technology button. My partner had a terrible lets say…addiction with his super intelligent phone. (So much it undoubtedly was the end of our relationship, among other issues.) He had a VERY…VERY difficult time with falling asleep, or maintain any normal sleep pattern because of his constant use of one form of technology or another.

    So much so I put a ban on video games while I was sleeping
    Poor sleep health and deprivation is the number one health problem for women in America. Over worked, or mother’d, wifed’ Partner’d. Too much demand.

    It affects our sleep.
    When I went from sleeping 5-6 hours to 7-8.5 hrs I lost 60 lbs became vegan ( ditched the dairy) and suddenly saw the world much clearer.

    To good sleep and health!

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    • Wow. Yes, it’s quite sad that we are so reliant on our technology that sometimes, we don’t even know what to do without it! And my boyfriend sometimes does the same thing: play on his phone or whatever while I’m trying to sleep. It drives me NUTS! When you ditch your technology for at least an hour before bed, not only does it help you sleep, but it also gives your eyes a rest, your brain, and really your body.

      And congrats on your improved life style! Thank you so much for your comment and yes, to good sleep and health! 🙂

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  123. This is such a great post. Now new age mumbo jumbo. It really makes sense to unplug from technology. I have been guilty of going to bed angry, and I can say that it’s true that sleep eludes me when that happens. Your post is, ironically, an eye-opener.

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  124. i love this post 🙂 i gotta try that “Wake Up Like You’re Ripping Off a Band-Aid” tip. i snooze my alarm clock when it goes off and then end up waking an hour after 🙂

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  125. so true! each and every one. I hadn’t thought about writing down a list beforehand, though- good thinking and thanks

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  126. Nice tips… Thanks for sharing..

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  127. You may wanna add meditation also. Just for 5 mins, before sleeping, close your eyes, forget everything and concentrate on your breaths…

    I bet you find that immensely relaxing…

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  128. Well, I’m violating rule #1 by reading this on my smartphone in bed.

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  129. i’m exactly the same – takes ages to get to sleep and ages to wake up. you know what i’ve found lately that entirely changed my world? podcasts. my husband puts on the history of rome podcast and i am asleep in like 10 minutes. it’s awesome.

    i lived in spain (barcelona) for 5 years and really miss it sometimes!

    anyway, congrats on being freshly pressed!

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    • I have never been to Barcelona but keep meaning to go there. Currently, I’m living in Madrid. Did you teach English there?

      And you want to know something, I have NEVER listened to a podcast! I know, I’m way behind the times and everyone says how great they are (and I guess for sleeping now too!) but I just have never listened to one! I’ll have to look into them!

      Thank you so much for your comment, Laura! 🙂

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  130. This is really helpful. #1 might be difficult to do, but i will try this tonight! Let’s see what happens!

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  131. This is my story dude!!! 😀

    I totally agree with the ‘Waking up the natural way’ point but not with the last point since I’m even more sleepier when I am angry at people 😛

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  132. i agree on not hitting the snooze button. u’ll just hit it more and more and wake up grumpy. thanks for this post, i certainly need to work on #1! 🙂

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  133. I am one who doesn’t mind getting up early – I generally leap out of bed and head out the door for a jog. The flip side is that I am into bed early as well, but live with a group of flatmates who are all night owls …
    Great post, and I love the idea of no technology one hour before bed. That would definitely work. Love the photos too.

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  134. Really glad to read your post~! It just fits me from every point~!
    I just don’t have the courage to kick off the hi-TECHs and usually go to bed after midnight, finally get up at nine or ten and another morning is ruined…
    I tried to get up early in the morning and I thought that would turn me tired early in the evening, and I found that I became extremely tired after supper. After a little rest, I would stay up again.
    Even though I seldom have nightmares but nice dreams are flowing away indeed. Perhaps it’s because of “go to bed mad” or the anxiety of tomorrow.
    Anyway, I gotta do something now~ Get a notebook firstly~~
    Millions of thanks~

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  135. I love this! I will have to try everything on the list and hopefully I will become the perky “morning person” I strive to be. Thanks : )

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  136. Wahahahahaha! I love the last picture – made me laugh so hard! Thanks for the funny post! =)

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  137. Just loved the imagery that went along with this! 🙂

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  138. Good morning from Europe, Serbia 🙂

    Nice text, excellent thinking, good advices. Do you allow me to translate your page and put on my blog? (with refference to your blog, of course)

    Regards,

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    Sorry, my texts are in Serbian 😦

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  139. Good tips. I’ll try to do that. Hopefully it can works for me too. 🙂

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  140. Excellent post with very usefull tips how to do better. 🙂 Even more as I’m exactly like you describe it and now winter’s at hand … Gonna try your advice and see if it does me better from now on! 😉

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  141. I think it’s such a great idea, to do your To Do list for the next day in that one hour without TV or other electronics on.
    Great post!

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  142. I think the hardest thing to do is tot turn off the technology,because you’re always tempted to see something on the internet,or you want to listen to a song or things like that. I don’t know about the others,but generally this is me :D.

    Great post,and lovely pictures!! I’m gonna try each step,maybe it will work this time! 🙂

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  143. The tip about the blinds is so true…I personally noticed that one and it helps a lot.

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  144. Adding some sleepy time tea an hour before bed doesn’t hurt either.

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  145. Hello…what you’re saying are all true,,i would take your advice if i needed to sleep early & wake up early…In the contrary if you need sleep in the morning make sure your room is dark so it feels like sleeping at night..have a good day! take care

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    • Yes, that’s true. If your schedule is different, where you have to sleep during the day and work at night, then you’ll definitely need a good set of blinds!

      Thanks for your comment and you have a good day too! 🙂

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  146. phoenixrisesagain

    Hi Kalie Lyn nice to meet you and your great blog!!! This is really good advice I tried a lot but mostly the switching of that technology helps me the most. There is nothing more relaxing as a good book at night and long big hug from the hubby :-). And I just love that picture of that lovely little fella. Looks a bit like my nephew :-). Have a great day (and a good night as well 😉 )

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    • Hi, and thank you for such a nice comment! Yes, reading is so much for relaxing than surfing the web! And, yeah, I just couldn’t resist with that picture! Haha.

      Thank you so much for your comment and you have a great day and a relaxing sleep as well! 🙂

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  147. I have the same problem with sleeping and waking up. These are very good tips! Sometimes it also helps if I drink a hot beverage (not chocolate) before I go to bed.

    Hope you’re sleeping better these days!

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  148. Its in my family culture to be up before the sun is up, and when I was achild I’d always woken up with a frown. But my mom wouldn’t take that for a “good morning” so she reprimanded me at least 5 times before I started waking up with an instant smile. This got even easier when many years later I got attached to my first boyfriend (alarm ring > turn it off > send a “good morning :)” text to the bf > get off the bed all smileys > smile when passing by Mom) Hahaha.

    And recently, ever since I bought an astronomy telescope I’d actually be extremely excited to get up on time to catch a certain planet pass over the sky, or the moon rising as the sun’s about to rise, so I get up even faster, ‘cos some of these things last only a few minutes and if I miss it I might have to wait weeks/months/years to see it again.

    Trying to fall asleep, on the other hand, I do contrary to what you listed. It works best for me to keep playing games on my phone until my eyes naturally close or (if I’m lying on my back and the phone on/above my chest) the phone drops on me. Then I’ll just put it away and fall asleep within seconds.

    But this is a very interesting topic! Thanks for posting 🙂

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    • It’s so true that once you have something or someone you’re interested in, you wake up so much easier and happier because you’re actually excited to start the day!

      However, don’t your eyes hurt?! If I’m on the computer too long, or if I stare at it in the dark of room, my eyes kill me!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

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  149. I enjoyed this and agree with the morning thoughts, I am not a morning person either. First thing I noticed was the photo of the little boy, I used this same photo in a blog i wrote about a year ago about not being a morning person. Great stuff, thanks.

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  150. Informative and humorous – (the sweet little tired guy is a riot)!!

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  151. Very awesome stuff you have share here. Thanks for sharing this great stuff. Amazing!

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  152. Congrats on FP post! Really enjoyed it and might try some of your tips. The toddler made me laugh – that’s how I feel every morning. My OH is more of get out of bed as if the alarm is a fire alarm kinda guy but he gets out of bed at 5am every day…could this be how he manages it?

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  153. Excellent post 🙂 My personal favourite – when you wake up, get up! Congrats on FP

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  154. yikes good ideas but not always possible when the snoring man next to you is the reason you can’t sleep or why you are plotting

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    • HAHA! Trust me, my boyfriend does the same thing, and it’s ANNOYING! Maybe try going to bed before him so you’re already asleep when he gets in and then you don’t have to try to fall asleep to his snoring. I know it will be difficult to go to bed without him, but trust me, it’s worth it! 🙂

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  155. Hi. Great post. Unfortunately, for me it takes hours to fall asleep, and for weeks I have been falling asleep around 3-4 am, so it’s so difficult to wake up and got to school, sometimes I don’t go. In my case, it’s stress that keeps me toss and turn all night instead of having a “baby” sleep. It’s frustrating indeed!

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    • Well, maybe you could try to replace the “writing a to-do list” to writing a list of everything that is bothering you and causing you stress. I know it’s no fun to go to sleep at 3-4am and then have to wake up hours later, so maybe if you get everything off your mind an hour before you go to bed, it will help you sleep better. Just a suggestion.

      Thanks for your comment and I hope you start to sleep better, Andreea. 🙂

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  156. Nice list! I totally believe everything, for I have tried some of it. 🙂

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  157. I definitely have trouble with the first one, there are some great shows on late at night, but you are right. I think the light from TVs, videogames, etc also disrupts things in your brain and makes it confused.

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  158. I think I’ve tried out all of these things, but I still always manage to sleep in most of the time. I think it’s a phase of some sort, that will hopefully go away once I get older. I actually envy the people who can sleep at whatever time they want and manage to wake up at whatever time they want, even though they only had two or three hours of sleep.

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  159. I read your blog to my boyfriend and he laughed – he said that you must know me – as getting out from under the warm covers isn’t always my favourite either!! I agree with you about letting the light in – I find it helps. Have you heard of the alarm clocks that slowly get brighter, simulating the sun coming up!
    Great post – fun to wake up to!

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  160. This is amazing!

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  161. I’m reading this in bed looking for an excuse not to get up! Band-aid time!

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  162. I really cant say much that hasnt been said before. 339 comments. PHOOF! haha! but amazing post and I think I’m going to involve some of it in my lifestyle too =)

    congrats for making it to freshly pressed 😀

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  163. Thank you for the tips! I’m one of them, so I will try to follow these, exactly what I need! Have a good day 😀

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  164. Good thinking… 🙂 Even though, I don’t like sleeping more than 7 hours, just enough to relax me, I enjoyed your structured sleeping plan… 🙂 Probably you are not really mad about sleeping but you are late from bed, a nightbird!! 🙂

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  165. Thanks for that! I really need this list since I also have trouble falling asleep and also love sleeping and hate mornings. The point about technology is very right! I’ve adopted that a few months ago and it works great. About waking up to natural light… unfortunately, I can’t, because I wake up before the sun comes up. Also, the bandaid waking up thing doesn’t work for me, because I’m just not myself if I don’t get the extra five minutes of sleep after hitting the snooze button. It’s also because I’m not always aware that my alarm is going off and will be hitting the snooze button in my sleep. Hehe!
    Thanks for the tips 🙂

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  166. Hi, in the beginning – what do you mean with “face-to-face” ? Is this a new app ? Is there an android-version ? Or did i get you wrong ? 😉

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  167. The child with the bed head is priceless. I have that look right now while trying to read the post. So tired this morning lol.

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  168. great post! and the point about waking up like i am ripping off a band aid.. totally hit the spot!

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  169. Excellent Chronicles……..!!!

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  170. hm….that was really nice.But that doesnt seem quite practical.I mean ,u know how many guys can you name who can resist using gadgets?

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  171. And I really want to congratulate for getting such a number of comments.I even did not get 350 comments for my complete blog in whole….[:P]

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  172. i have always heard never go to bed mad but i never knew you could loose sleep over it i just heard my parents say it all the time.

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  173. one more thing to say awesome post i love it!

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  174. I love this post. It’s really helpful and this tip is really true: Plan Out Tomorrow.
    I basically plan out things I need to do for the next day by writing it on a planner or a paper and it gives me better sleep. Another thing that I love about this post is that we should not be mad before sleeping because I myself make it a point that before I sleep, I already feel better and look at the brighter side. Keep it up!

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  175. ten thumbs for your post, like this 🙂
    nice to read this…..

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  177. The featured image caught my attention! haha!:p The baby’s so cute and funny!:)) Anyway, great post! Thanks for sharing these tips!:)

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  178. You’ve hit the nail on the head! Your points about ‘turning off the technology’ and ‘never letting the sun go down on your anger’ are my favourites and ones that I most relate too. Great blog!

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  179. I agree about walking up to natural light, but when you live north of the 55th parallel, natural light comes at 4 AM in the summer (way too early) and 9:30 AM in the winter (way to late!).

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  180. Hey hey thanks for posting. I like your writing style….you have some great insight!

    I’ve been able to fall asleep naturally thus far, but I can definitely see how you list would come in handy for others.

    By the way, I LOVE palm trees and the name of your blog. Is there any special meaning behind your blog name?

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  181. Awesome list! I totally agree on the technology. It can really keep your mind racing. It’s hard when I want to journal or read on my iPad since it’s most convenient right before bed. Maybe that’s something I should do first thing in the morning instead?
    *shared*

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  182. Great tips! Definitely going to try this. I’ve started my own fitness challenge and am waking up much earlier then ever before (between 4:45 and 5:30 depending on the day). Even when I get to bed earlier I find it’s hard to shut my brain off and actually fall asleep. Tonight I’m trying our your suggestions!

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  183. I just signed in on wordpress & your post happened to be the 1st one that i read! Thank you for giving me such a awesome kick off. Loved it. 🙂

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  184. Shutting technology off works wonders. 🙂

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  185. I saw your post on Freshly Pressed and I was so happy for you! Another tip in case you need one: don’t exercise too late in the day. Also, a cup of chamomile tea doesn’t hurt 😉

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    • Thank you so much! And yes, that’s what I figured too: don’t exercise before bed. But many people have raved about it, saying that it really does help them fall asleep, but for me, it just gets me even more awake! And Mmmm…hot tea is the best to fall asleep with!

      Thank you so much for your comment, Dao. I have been following your blog for a while and love it! 🙂

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  186. I like the natural light idea. It keeps you in a healthy sleep rhythm.

    Great post! Thank you for sharing!

    I will follow your blog for sure.

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  187. I really loved the last picture… “Never go to sleep mad. Stay awake and plot horrible revenge.” But anyway, your blog post is quite useful for me! I’ll try it some time. Especially when I have something on in the morning! ahahaha ! xD

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  188. So true! I lived in Spain for a year and after the first week I had to tie the blinds open, I would wake up so disoriented! Great post, thanks for the advice 🙂

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    • They really do block out ALL light. But like someone earlier in the comments said, those Spanish blinds sure come in handy after a long night (early morning) out when you’re trying to fall asleep! Where in Spain did you live?

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  190. Hi,
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  191. Very nice piece – i will take the advice!

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  192. The hardest part is turning off all the gadgets!

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  193. You and your boy friend might find a solution in the Kama Sutra. Give it a try. You might sleep a whole lot better.

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  194. Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy

    This is a great post and great point about turning off the technology. My Blackberry sleeps only inches away from me…bad!

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  195. I wish I had the option of waking up to light – living in North Dakota, we have limited daylight hours in the winter so it’s usually dark until after I leave the house.

    As a side note, if I didn’t know better I would think that toddler picture is my husband – he has the exact same expression when he wakes up in the morning. 🙂

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    • Haha! And look into the “daylight simulator” lamp. Previous commenters have told me about it and it seems helpful for those living in places where there isn’t sunlight when you wake up.

      Thanks for your comment, Karifur! 🙂

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  196. my favorite was the last tip: dont go to bed mad. the pic was awesome and totally rings true for me.

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  197. Brilliant post! Will definitely give these tips a shot, as i have trouble going to sleep/waking up myself!

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  198. The pic with the kid made the whole post. LOL. Nice suggestions by the way.

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  199. Very good post. I’m going to attempt to implement those steps, it takes hours for me to fall asleep sometimes.

    The picture of the bedhead child had me laughing out loud literally.

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  200. Thank you so much for this post. I’ve started following your advices since yesterday and well the results didn’t take long to show up.

    I’m still trying to master the “Wake up like you’re ripping off a band-aid” thing. For some reason though, I prefer to have my alarm on – it’s the only thing that really will wake me up after a good night’s sleep.

    But, yes, I do agree. Turn all that technology off. I’ve found a solution for that if you’re interested – take a shower before bed. That way you’ll have to keep yourself away from the PC and TV for at least half an hour. You can’t take the technology to the shower, can you?!

    Great post.

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    • That’s a great idea! Or a bath so you can relax AND have no technology. Last night it was actually pretty hard for me to be without technology (I did it but I was bored) so next time, I’m going to use your idea!

      Great extra tip and thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  201. I super love this post that I tweeted it. 🙂 It’s so insightful for those with twisted body clocks like me haha

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  202. Very nice post!!

    But what if say, I read ebooks on my “cell phone” before going to bed, would that count? 😉

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  203. I loved the natural light suggestion, it is very nice to wake up to that.

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  204. All these suggestions are great. I especially liked the waking up to natural light one; it’s winter here now and when I wake up it’s still dark and it’s discouraging. There just aren’t enough hours in a day 🙂 Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  205. Haha, love that last image. Might have to frame and put in the bedroom!

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  206. I read this in bed at 11am on a Thursday. Amen. And that boy photo is too funny. http://www.foundobjectbeachart.wordpress.com

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  207. Lol thanks for awesome post. i h8 waking up >_<

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  208. Really good tips! I’ve definitely found waking up to the light shining through my window works!
    I just can’t help hitting that snooze button. A great thing to do when you get into the snooze button habit is to move your alarm to the other side of your room, that way you physically HAVE to get out of bed to turn it off! 😀

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    • Yeah, someone else said to move the alarm clock to the other side of the room too, and I just thought that was the greatest idea! That would really force you to get up and moving since you’re already “up”!

      Thanks for your comment, Pete! 🙂

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  209. I have found the “Wake up like you’re ripping off a band-aid” method to be extremely effective.

    Most of the beds I’ve slept on in my lifetime have been at least five feet off the ground. I got into the habit of throwing myself off my bed as soon as the alarm clock went off. That way I had no choice but to snap into action… because if I didn’t, I would probably break something. Or worse: die of closed-head injury.

    One particular morning my alarm clock jarred me out of my peaceful state so violently that I actually threw myself off the bed before I had time to recognize that my legs had fallen asleep. That was one of the most bizarre, strangely non-painful, yet metaphysically disturbing experiences of my life.

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  210. i love sleeping and loved the pic of the baby nice post ..

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  211. Freshly Pressed has introduced me to so much creating writing, including yours. I have great empathy for the theme of this post as I too have problems falling asleep. It seems as if I have to roll over in my bed several times, only one at a time and at intervals I should point out, before getting comfortable and my wife has the same reaction as your boyfriend to this activity. She seems to get to sleep so quickly, grrr.

    For waking, natural light is a great method (although the light in west Wales is not as intense as Spain’s and this time of the year daylight is itself late rising. Thankfully, we no longer have children to get up for, or jobs to get to. There are our two cats but they are forgiving. The postman’s knock is another option for waking, but more stressful.

    For sleeping, avoiding technology is probably the most useful advice I should take from this. Our bedroom is kitted out at least as well as some offices and my laptop computer is usually a late night companion before attempting to sleep.

    A technique I read about, tested at Oxford University as I recall, is apparently named mantram which is the repeating in the head of a word or phrase. This usually works for me although, sometimes, just as I nod off I’ll come to with a guilty start realising that I have stopped repeating my own mantram and have to start again. By the way, in looking up the right name for this technique (although it may have several) I discovered that sleep deprivation can increase weight, for hormonal reasons. A recent reports identifies that here in the UK we have the highest obesity rates for women, and the second highest for men (Malta tops this list) in Europe. Bet we get less sleep too.

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    • Hi John,

      Thank you for your long comment! Yes, aren’t you jealous when others have such an easy time falling asleep and waking up?! I know I get envious of my boyfriend when he can sleep so soundly (snoring like a bear!) but, I am the one who wakes up better than he does. And the waking up “like you’re ripping off a band-aid” is one that helps me!

      Yes, winter isn’t very helpful for waking up to natural light, but since you’re kids are all out of the house, and your kitties don’t seem to mind free-range of the house, then I wouldn’t blame you one bit for sleeping in with your wife on a colder winter day!

      The no-technology has also helped me a lot. It’s amazing how free your brain and eyes feel from it!

      And this repeating a word technique sounds like it would be very helpful! Have you ever dreamed about the word or phrase you were saying over and over?! I probably would, but I like the idea!

      Once again, John, thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate it! 🙂

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  212. Hey Kalie, cool tips. I too have trouble falling asleep and then have a hard time getting up in the morning. I’m a night owl, it’s a curse.
    Here’s a tip for you: Google doesn’t own any images, they just index them. You can’t just go grab them off the internet to republish them. Chances are high you are breaching somebody’s copyright. Americans are sue-happy and your name is on your blog, so you could lose a lot of money if you keep doing this. Also, as you would like to be a journalist in the future, you should respect other people’s work. Republish only photos with certain CC-licenses or those you shot yourself. It seems kinda hypocritical to steal images and then put a (c) note under ones texts.

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    • Hi Mir,

      I am citing my sources on every single post I make and I am giving the rights of the photos to their photographers. I claim NO people’s work and the only thing that I put a (c) by is my writing, which is my own.

      For example, ALL my posts that are just pictures, such as: Pets Love Turkey Too and And You Think You’re Tired and others, I ALWAYS put a disclaimer that says something like: *Note: These pictures were taken from [insert where ever I got the pictures from]. Their © belongs to their photographers.*

      So I don’t think you need to worry. Thanks for your concern though, but I think you should waste your time with other blogs who DON’T cite their work.

      Have a great day. 🙂

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  213. Dear Palm Trees & Bare Feet,

    First of all I wanted to tell you how much I love your title and tagline. I live in Southern Illinois, which is unfortunately not really any where close to any beaches. I wanted to comment on how much I enjoyed reading your post! I am a college student and I nanny for two families as my full time job. My job demands me to be up and out of my bed at 5:00 in the morning, which is not unheard for some people, but for a college student it’s pretty rare. I always find myself tossing and turning while I lay in bed simply because I am stressing about how I have to wake up early! These past couple of nights I have tried some of your tips and honestly they really did help me! I am glad that someone feels the same way about sleep that I do! I wanted to thank you again for the awesome post, keep up the good work!

    Thank You,

    Ellie

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    • Dear Ellie,

      I am SO glad that these tips have helped you! It makes my day to know that!

      I could never imagine waking up at 5am unless I really had to, so I am very impressed that you are even able to get out of bed that early! More power to you! And yes, the days when I do have to get up early (I’m talking 7:30-8ish) I also toss and turn at night just thinking that I won’t get enough sleep because I need to wake up so early. So I feel your pain and know how annoying that is!

      And thank you! I also do not live by a beach but I LOVE the beach so wanted my title to represent one of my loves and the tagline is my favorite quote! I too really like your tagline of the Walt Disney quote!

      So, THANK YOU SO MUCH ELLIE FOR YOUR WONDERFUL COMMENT! I really appreciate it! Good luck with your studies and job as a nanny! What age are the kids you take care of? I bet that’s a lot of work!

      Thanks again! 🙂

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  214. Great post… it is very true that using technology at night makes it difficult to fall asleep!

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  215. great post! i never have a problem falling asleep, even if i’ve got the laptop on, i still doze off. waking up is tough though. i suppose we could crack the blinds open, but having the window open is out of the question! it’s way too noisy since we live right next to the subway.

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  216. Well, talk it easy, do it hard =))

    I can turn off things but can’t with others. Maybe I need more time to get use to them :))

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  217. So unbearably true. I can not even list the number of mornings that I wake up and have to will every muscle in my body to throw off the covers. Worst of all, my dog stays curled up under the covers in her self made cacoon until just before I leave for work (I suspect it’s just to mock me).

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  219. Great post! I can definitely relate, especially hitting the snooze button multiple time. Might I also add—don’t drink coffee or water before bedtime..lol

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  220. I can drink coffee, play crazy video games or eat anything i want once i lay my head down on a nice soft pillow i am out like a light in 5 minutes.

    You can dump ice water, turn on the lights or let my daughter jump on the bed i wont wake up till i am ready.

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  221. Brilliant post! I too am struggling with getting to sleep and waking up, shall be putting these tips into effect ASAP! Thanks 😀

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  222. hahahaha!!!! i really needed one post liek this

    i always have problems to sleep… always wake up…. always wake up tired…. always say (&)&!#/=# i need sleep more!!!!!

    i’ll try these tips 🙂

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  223. These are great tips, and I believe I might try them out!

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